Microsoft Goes Virtual With Windows
Microsoft recently announced the general availability of both Standard and Enterprise editions of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005. Microsoft claims that Virtual Server 2005 will help customers reduce hardware costs and increase operational efficiency primarily in automation of software test and development environments, rehosting of legacy applications and consolidation of production server workloads.
Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 includes web-based management of virtual machines, as well as storage and networking features. In addition, physical server management tools from Microsoft and third-party management vendors have been updated to provide administrators with a one-to-many management experience across a combination of physical and virtual servers.
“Our customers are looking for ways to cut infrastructure costs and use more efficiently their IT and development teams. They want to streamline application testing and development, consolidate to fewer servers and move legacy applications to new hardware running on the Windows Server 2003 platform,” said Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Windows Server Division at Microsoft.
“The improved efficiency and simplicity of Virtual Server 2005 represents progress toward our Dynamic Systems Initiative vision of reducing IT complexity,” added Muglia.
Tom Bittman, research vice president at Gartner Inc, said, “Gartner has already predicted that enterprises that don’t leverage virtualization technologies will spend as much as 25 percent more for their x86 servers. Server virtualization software can help enterprises reduce the time, effort and costs associated with the consolidation of servers and applications.”
Hardware vendors such as AMD, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens, HP, IBM, Intel, NEC and Unisys; systems integrators such as Accenture, Avanade, EDS, HP Services and IBM Global Services; and management software vendors including CA, HP and Veritas, are offering a broad choice of tools, solutions and guidance to help customers more easily deploy and manage Virtual Server 2005 on Windows Server 2003.
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